News Release

Published on Monday, March 05, 2007

Fifteen students from Western Technical College’s Agribusiness and Science Technology programs recently participated in the Wisconsin Postsecondary Agricultural Students (PAS) competition. Western’s largest group to date, 13 students, will advance to the National PAS Conference to be held March 12-17 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Student winners included, from Bangor: Cassie Everson, 1st place Dairy Specialist Team; Galesville: Ben Henderson, 3rd place Livestock Specialist Team, 2nd place Feeds and Animal Health Interview; Houston, Minn.: Michelle Erdmann, 1st place Dairy Specialist Team; La Crosse: Sara Blanchard, 2nd place Livestock Specialist Team, 3rd place Landscaping and Nursery Interview; Chris Ebert, 2nd place Livestock Specialist Team, 2nd place high scoring individual Livestock Specialist Team, 1st place Agricultural Technology Career Planning; Mike Phillips, 2nd place Crop Specialist Team, 1st place Crop Production Interview; Erin Severson, 2nd place Livestock Specialist Team; Spencer Temperly, 3rd place Livestock Specialist Team, 3rd place Livestock Production Interview; Preston, Minn.: Mike Johnson, 1st place Dairy Specialist Team, 2nd High Scoring Individual-Dairy Specialist, and 1st place Dairy Production Career Planning; Sparta: Eric Follendorf, 3rd place Livestock Specialist Team; Danielle Koresh, 1st place High Scoring Individual-Equine Specialist, 2nd place Livestock Production Interview; Trempealeau: Sheila Docken, 3rd place High Scoring Individual-Equine Specialist, 1st place Agribusiness Administration Interview; Utica, Minn: Mike Reps, 1st place Dairy Specialist Team, 9th place High Scoring Individual-Dairy Specialist, 1st place Dairy Production Interview; Viroqua: Aurora Menn, 2nd place High Scoring Individual-Equine Specialist; and Wilton, Minn.: Justin Eckleberg, 2nd place Crop Specialist Team, 3rd place High Scoring Individual-Crop Specialist Team.

PAS is a national student organization providing opportunities through an educational process that promotes individual growth, leadership, and strong personal ethics for individuals who are pursuing agricultural careers. The Wisconsin chapter of PAS includes members from six of the state’s technical colleges. One of the main goals of PAS is to foster relationships between students and business and industry, and competitions are frequently judged by employers in the agriculture industry.

Two of Western’s Agribusiness and Science Technology instructors, Tracy Harper and Warren Pickar, are state and national coordinators for PAS. Pickar is the coordinator for the Crops Specialist contest and Harper is coordinator for the Livestock Specialist contest.

To learn more about other training and education opportunities at Western, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at westerntc.edu.